A+ Hardwood Floors Knows Proper Flooring Installation Techniques
Hardwood floors can be an excellent addition to any home, adding style and beauty to nearly any room. The natural and organic grains combined with the soft hues of natural wood can instantly create a warm and inviting feeling. If you have a concrete slab main floor or basement, you may be wondering if it’s possible to install hardwood flooring directly on top of the concrete. The short answer is yes. However, there are some things you will want to consider before making this decision. A+ Hardwood Floors is your local hardwood flooring expert in Denver, CO and we know all there is to know about installing hardwood over concrete. We’ll help you decide if it’s the best decision for your home and complete a flawless installation. Please reach out to us today for additional information.
Is It a Good Idea to Install Hardwood Over a Concrete Slab?
Though installing hardwood floors over concrete is possible, there are numerous factors to consider before doing so. Installing wood flooring over your slab foundation can be a great idea as long as the slab is properly prepared, and the floor is installed by a professional. The team at A+ Hardwood Flooring has many years of experience in this process and knows what to do to ensure your slab is ready for hardwood flooring installation. With the help of our expert team, the addition of new hardwood floors to your home is sure to be a success. Let us help you install them!
Advantages of Wood Flooring on a Concrete Basement Slab
Hardwood flooring is a popular option due to its many important advantages. Though this flooring option often comes with a slightly higher price tag, homeowners continue to choose it for their homes because of its high durability, low maintenance, and easy clean-up. Hardwood floors can last for many years and only requiring very minimal refinishing or staining. Not to mention they can be easily swept or wiped to remove dirt or dust. In addition to these practical benefits, hardwood flooring also has many stylistic advantages, especially when it’s installed over a concrete slab. These advantages include:
- Aesthetics: Standard concrete floors are dull and boring, which bring down the aesthetics of your space. Adding hardwood flooring over your concrete slab will completely transform your space into a more livable environment. They offer style and elegance and easily combine with other design elements.
- Warmth: Concrete floors are incredibly cold and uninviting. By installing hardwood flooring over them, you can make your space feel warmer and cozier, transforming it into a great new hangout spot.
- Value: Due to their upscale look and durability, hardwood floors are a worthwhile investment. Their desirability among potential homeowners could mean that your home will bring a higher price should you ever decide to sell.
Things to Consider Before Installing Hardwood Over Concrete
Before making a rash decision and immediately choosing hardwood flooring to go over you slab flooring, there are some things you’ll want to take into consideration. After all, you don’t want to invest in hardwood flooring, only to have it ruined later due to improper preparation. The experienced team at A+ Hardwood Floors can help you determine if your concrete slab is in the right condition for hardwood flooring installation. Our experts have been completing projects like this for years, so we know exactly what to look for and have a keen eye for identifying any potential problems. Some of the things you’ll want to consider before installing hardwood over concrete include:
- Grade Level: Grade level refers to the position of the slab in relation to the ground. Your slab either sits above ground level (above grade), on the same level as the ground (on grade), or below ground level (below grade). The grade level will help determine the best method for successful hardwood floor installation.
- Age of Concrete Floor: Hardwood flooring cannot be placed over a freshly poured concrete slab, so if you’re moving into a newly-constructed home, you’ll have to wait until the concrete has fully cured. This process can take about 6 to 8 weeks, and during that time excess moisture will continue evaporating from the slab. If you install your floors too early, this moisture could ruin the wood.
- Amount of Moisture: Even established concrete slabs can wick moisture from the ground and allow it into your home. If your home is regularly damp, has high levels of humidity, or your foundation doesn’t drain well, you won’t want to install hardwood floors until you can fix the issue. You’ll want to have a waterproofing expert look at your slab first to determine if they can solve the issue.
Why Moisture Plays a Role in Hardwood Flooring
Moisture is the ultimate enemy of hardwood flooring. High levels of humidity or excess moisture from the slab can cause hardwood floors to warp or buckle. This is because wood is incredibly porous and will absorb moisture, causing it to expand and deteriorate. To ensure successful installation of your hardwood flooring, you have to protect it from any source of moisture. When installing hardwood over concrete, this means placing a moisture barrier between the slab and flooring. Often a moisture barrier is a type of plastic sheet laid across the slab and taped at the seams with waterproof tape. This barrier will protect your floors from any moisture coming from the slab.
Process of Installing Hardwood Over Concrete
Installing hardwood floors over concrete is a complicated process that is best left to the professionals. The team at A+ Hardwood Floors has many years of experience completing this process and knows precisely how to do it to produce the best results. We understand you likely want to know more about the hardwood installation process before we get started, which is why we’ve put together this short overview of how we’ll install a new hardwood floors over your slab. This will give you a better idea of the work we’ll be doing and how it will ensure your new floors will last for many years. Our process will follow these basic steps:
- Removal of Any Flooring Material: While some people may have a bare concrete slab, others may currently have flooring material over the top of their slab. If so, we’ll start by pulling up any old flooring, like carpet or laminate. We’ll also remove any baseboards and save them as we should be able to reuse them after the flooring is installed. This is an excellent time to spruce up your baseboards with new stain or a fresh coat of paint.
- Prep the Concrete: The concrete will need to be prepped before the installation process can continue. This may include grinding away any paint, glue, or finish that was previously adhered to the concrete.
- Installation of Moisture Barrier: Next, we’ll install an appropriate moisture barrier to keep any excess water from reaching your hardwood floor. We’ll make sure the barrier is properly installed and all seams are sealed.
- Place & Secure Hardwood Flooring: Now that all the prep work is done, we can finally begin to lay out the hardwood flooring. We’ll use our expertise to precisely install your flooring and properly secure it in place.
- Add Finishing Touches: Lastly, we’ll reinstall your old baseboards or add new ones if you desire. This will finish up the project and complete your brand-new floors!
Installation Options for Hardwood Flooring
There are a few different ways that hardwood flooring can be installed on top of concrete, but not all of these methods are created equal. Some people attempt to DIY hardwood flooring installation, but this is not a good idea as it can lead to numerous problems. Improper installation can ruin your hardwood flooring, quickly wasting your investment. That’s why you should only trust this job to an experienced team. We’ll ensure everything is done correctly so your floor looks beautiful and is protected: Different methods of hardwood installation include:
- Attached to Concrete: This is most common among DIY projects and is absolutely not recommended. Those with improper experience may think they can place hardwood flooring directly on top of concrete and secure it in place with glue or nails. This option will not produce good results.
- Plywood Subfloor: Another method to install hardwood floor is to first build a plywood subfloor on top of the concrete. The plywood can be placed directly on top of the waterproof barrier to provide an extra layer of insulation. The hardwood floor is then installed and secured on top of the subfloor.
- Floating Floor: The floating floor option is usually the best option. This style of flooring gets its name from the fact that it just sits or “floats” on top of the concrete slab. It is not permanently attached to the concrete and is instead held in place by snapping together.
Contact Us for More Information about Hardwood Floors
If you are considering installing hardwood floors over your concrete slab, A+ Hardwood Floors is the team to help you ensure the job is done right. We have many years of experience in the hardwood flooring business and know the proper steps to install it over concrete. If you would like additional information on this type of project, please reach out to us. We’re always here to discuss your hardwood flooring needs.